Check out how the candidates seeking election to the UN Human Rights Council for 2022- 2024 rated.
For many victims and activists, the Human Rights Council is a critical arena to confront abuses of power and push for change in their countries. Its success depends on members and their commitment to promote and protect human rights at home and abroad. Every year in October, the UN elects new members to the Human Rights Council. This year, 18 candidates are running for 18 seats. None of them has a perfect human rights record: they all need to do better.
What do we want?
We want all candidates to make voluntary pledges in which they commit to improve their human rights records and their collaboration with the Council. We also want UN member States to make informed votes and not vote for Stats that do not uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, and do not fully cooperate with the Council.
How do we achieve this?
We achieve this by increasing the transparency of the election. ISHR publishes scorecards that give a brief overview of the candidate’s record of cooperation and engagement with UN mechanisms. These scorecards help UN member States cast informed votes.
We also bring about our goal by creating spaces where civil society and States can engage with candidates about their records and candidacies. Two weeks ago the Human Rights Council pledging event took place, and it was a success! 10 of the 18 candidates for Human Rights Council membership participated in the event to elaborate on their pledges, confirming their commitment to transparency and dialogue with civil society. It was great to see over 200 diplomats and civil society participants attend the event. Altogether the audience sent over 100 questions to the candidate States. As many as we had time for were asked and responded to during the event. The rest will soon be sent to each candidate in letters that we will also publish on our webpage. We hope this build pressure on candidates to encourage them to publicly commit to strengthen their human rights records and their cooperation with the UN.